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Date: Jul 28 12:15 PM, 2017
The Real History Behind Poldark Series 3
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You may already know that Hannah Greig, the historical advisor to the Poldark series, is writing short articles to accompany each episode on the historyextra.com website,entitled 'The Real History Behind Poldark Series 3' (link below.) The latest one for episode 7 explores the links between historical facts and the fictitious story lines in the books (eg how elections were undertaken in Cornwall in the 18th century.)

She quotes Winston Graham - "In all classes of [historical novels] one has to have a degree of historical truth as well as a truth to human nature. Man has not changed but his reaction to certain life patterns has. Unless the writer can understand these and transmit his understanding to the reader, his characters are simply modern people in fancy dress... It is important to deal as much as possible in historical fact. Indeed, I take my hat off to historical fact, for without it I could never have written the Poldarks."

I have underlined the sentence in the quote because I think, to a certain extent, this applies to the film series as well.

Links to the articles for the other episodes in the series can be found at the bottom of the episode 7 web page.

 

http://www.historyextra.com/article/bbc-history-magazine/real-history-behind-poldark-series-three-episode-seven



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